Bronze and Copper Pendant with Cat's Eye Operculum Cabochon on Copper Chain
This gorgeous handcrafted 1 7/8" x 2 3/8" Bronze and Copper Pendant was handcrafted by cutting forms from sheets of metal. There is a Cat's Eye Operculum Cabochon placed between the two pieces of metal and then riveted together. The pendant is hung on a 28 inch Copper chain. Because of the length of the chain, no clasp is needed. If you would like one, let me know and I will attach one of your choice or a handcrafted S-Hook. The last picture shows the back of the pendant.
CAT’S EYE (SHELL) is the common name for the lid or operculum of the common sea snail. When the snail is threatened by a predator or is exposed above the tide, it withdraws into its shell and the operculum seals the opening much like a boat hatch. They are widely used in Europe and the Middle East for protection against the evil eye, no doubt because they themselves resemble eyes.
Operculum jewelry, also known as "Cat's Eye" or "Shiva's Eye" was highly prized during the Victorian era, and it's easy to see why. With its shiny surface and unusual swirling blend of dark green, brown and tan, the material simply fascinates. It was also thought to bring luck to the bearer.
The other side of the shell is known as "the eye of Shiva" or the 3rd eye of Shiva and represents development and positive energy, protecting and guarding. The talisman is also known in other cultures as "the Eye of Buddha" in Buddhist Asia, as Mermaid's Money" in southern Africa and as "Eye of Santa Lucia" in Italy.
The first known existence of BRONZE dates to about 3500 BC and the Sumerians and lends its name to the Bronze age. The discovery of bronze enabled people to create better metal objects than before. Tools, weapons, armor, and various building materials, like decorative tiles, made of bronze were harder and more durable than their stone and copper. As time progressed, the use of bronze in art, sculpture and architecture flourished. Bronze and copper jewelry has always existed and always will.
COPPER is a reddish gold metal that patinas to a warm brown. The oldest known metal, it was associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite and her Roman counterpart, Venus. The discovery of copper dates from prehistoric times. There are reports of copper beads dating back to 9000BC found in Iraq. Methods for refining copper from its ores were discovered around 5000BC and a 1000 or so years later it was being used in pottery in North Africa.
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